Turnovers, big plays doom Saints in Carthage

September 5, 2007

The DeKalb County Saints committed five turnovers, and Smith County running back, Charles Cortez, ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns, as the Owls rolled to a 36-0 win, Tuesday night in Carthage.

Cortez reeled off a 32-yard scoring run, with 4:59 left in the first quarter, to put Smith County on the board. The Owl defense intercepted a Dylan Freeney pass on the second play of the ensuing Saints' drive, and returned it 33 yards to make it a 14-0 game, with 4:48 still to play in the quarter.

Cortez scored on the next two Smith County possessions, and the Owls tacked on another score just before intermission, to make it a 36-0 game by halftime.

Neither team scored in the second half, but the Saints had an apparent touchdown called back on a penalty, late in the game. Freeney took off from the Saints' seven-yard line and raced 93 yards to the end zone, but the ball was brought back to mid-field after an illegal block penalty.

Freeney led the Saints' ground attack with 48 yards on eight carries, while Casey France added ten yards on 13 carries.

The Saints drop to 0-3 overall on the season.

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